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Saltwater Crocodiles in the Wild

The east coast of North Queensland, including the Whitsundays region, is home to the famous saltwater crocodiles and this region is a popular destination for those wanting to see these fascinating creatures in the wild.

If you are looking in the correct places, a sighting of a crocodile in these parts of the Whitsundays surroundings is very likely.


The Proserpine River is home to a large number of crocodiles, and flows into the ocean south of the Whitsundays. From this system and other waterways in the region, crocodiles have been recorded in other areas as well. With its high volume of crocodiles in the Proserpine River, was the state’s number one crocodile hotspot between 2000-2012, according to figures released by the State Government.


With warmer weather and the right water temperatures as well as large estuary areas of salt, fresh and brackish water, the Whitsundays are an ideal natural habitat for crocodiles.


The best way to see these reptiles in their natural habitat is by boat along the Proserpine River where crocodiles are often out of the water sunning themselves and crocodiles often re-enter the water when boats near, leaving their infamous croc-slides in the mud.

The Proserpine River Eco Tours Crocodile Safari offers visitors the opportunity for croc spotting. Running daily, this tour is a calm river cruise and is the only commercial tourism operator on this river. You all have the chance to see other wildlife including mud crabs.

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